Now that you have placed a deposit and are psyched to come to Nepal, take a look at this page and know what to bring and how to be prepared!
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Travel Insurance: Make sure your travel insurance covers you for Mountain Biking in Nepal at elevation. You are required to have a travel insurance (not just you basic CC insurance) for this trip.
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PACKING LIST AND WHAT TO KNOW
General Packing Theory
The Everest Epic mountain biking trip has all accommodation in hotel stays; some are in town and have all the facilities and some are basic ‘tea house’ style with shared bathrooms and basic rooms. All gear will travel in the jeeps or by porters and truck during the day and meet us at the hotel. One bag to pack all your personal gear in is ideal. We recommend a big duffel bag and what you need during the day goes in your backpack. Though we want you to travel comfortably, try to pack within reason – there is limited space in the van. The following list shows what we recommend you bring for your comfort. You may decide on some changes on the list to suit your personal needs. Please contact us if you have any questions about what you should bring.
What to Pack for your bike:
Bring a well maintained bike for Enduro, All Mountain Style Trails
You will need extra bike parts, please don't expect to buy much here...
Bring extra brake pads and possibly a spare tire
Tubeless is you best bet. Bring extra sealant and an extra valve.
It is up to you if you would like to bring an extra derailer and shifter.
A derailer hanger, a multi-tool, tubes, pack or camel pack to carry snacks and water.
Extra Screws for the bike and for clip less shoes if you use them.
Any kind of liquids you may need, Reverb oil, brake oil, tubeless sealant, chain lube in small bottles. Pack in sealed baggies so they don't explode in transit.
Bring whatever bleed kits you may need.
What to pack for you
Sleeping bag Depends on the time of year, but down-filled bags are the best to bring. Beg, borrow or steal a good one get a 4 season bag because the nights can be cool, and there is nothing worse than to be cold at night. If it’s winter and you have a 4 season bag then you can get a fleece sleeping bag liner in Kathmandu, they are good and reasonably priced. Quite good sleeping bags are available for inexpensive rent in Kathmandu, in which case you will also want a sleeping bag liner. Sleeping bag liner Cotton, silk or fleece. Saves washing your sleeping bag all the time and adds warmth. Cotton or silk ones can be bought in Kathmandu at a more favourable price than from home. Fleece ones are readily available in Kathmandu and will cost you next to nothing.
Daypack/Camel bag It needs to be big enough to take a jacket, water, sunscreen, camera and odds and ends. You pack your daypack in the morning and the rest of your baggage goes in the truck. You should have everything you need through the day with you, however we can always leave a few things in the support jeep also.
Helmet, half shell or enduro helmet should be fine. You have to wear a helmet to join the riding on this trip!
Bike shorts: We do enough climbing on this trip to say that padded cycle shorts under your baggy shorts would make the trip more comfortable. (No one in Nepal wants to see you in your lycra, especially for days when you will visit temples! Be respectful of the culture and always wear baggy bike shorts over lycra and always get changed behind closed doors)
Cap or buff or bandana for protection from the sun. This is great shade for your neck
Socks Your feet will be warm or even hot while cycling so quality cotton mix sports socks are best. Three to four pairs are enough. Thick trekking socks are better for higher up and cool evenings and you can just bring one or two pairs for evening use.
Shoes You will need shoes for the rest time and for bicycling. We recommend bringing two pairs. One pair for walking around town/hotel time (a pair of sandals like Tevas or Chacos is recommended), and one pair of bike shoes.
Fleece top Most people consider this essential, but alternatives are a thick thermal top or a light down jacket. The evenings can get quite cold and you might even consider bringing a down jacket (you can also rent good ones in Kathmandu; they are also very reasonably priced to buy here)
Wind/rain jacket Waterproof and breathable. Plastic ponchos or non-breathable raincoats are not suitable.
Thermal underwear top and bottom - winter only Good thermals are one of the secrets to cold weather comfort. Expedition-weight thermals are the most versatile and can be worn to bed at night if it gets really cold. Day wear shirt T-shirts are popular but a cotton shirt or mixed yarn travel shirt is more useful. The collar protects the back of your neck and the sleeves can be rolled up or down. Take at least two so you can swap damp for dry.
Sunglasses We are going to have a lot of sun, a good pair of sun glasses is essential.
Knee pads and elbow pads are optional depending on your riding style
Water bottles Should be one litre or more in capacity, be able to take boiling water and be leak-proof. You want a total of 2 litres capacity, including your camel bag.
Bags Garbage bag and Ziploc are handy for convenient storage. Waterproof bags are great for keeping your diry laundry separate from your clean gear!
Torch MagLite or Petzl head torch or similar. Head torches are more convenient than hand held ones.
Toiletries and odds and ends Essentials for the trip only. The smallest tube of toothpaste. The hotels we stay at will have toilet paper. Roll-on deodorant can spare you grief with your room partner... Biodegradable soap and shampoo - small containers are recommended.
Towel In Nepal the hotels supply towels, but the tea houses don’t, so it’s a good idea to bring a small travel towel.
Sun screen and lip care with sun protection The sun can be strong.
Moisturiser The air can be dry and the sun harsh.
First aid kit ….with aspirin, paracetamol, various antibiotics for Nepalese varieties of diarrhoea, antiseptic, antihistamine cream, bandages, and tough blister tape (but not moleskin). You MUST bring any personal medicines that you require and carry them with you.
Water purification One bottle of iodine tablets between two. Couglans or Potable Aqua is the best. We use boiled water from htoels/tea houses, but occasionally take water from the streams if we run out. The use of mineral water is discouraged from an environmental point of view, because the bottles are not recycled here.
Camera Nepal is particularly photogenic, Bring a spare set of batteries, micro ships or whatever you need for the camera. If you would like to share pics or get video from the group an external hard drive is nice to have.
Books optional for at night
Money pouch/belt/inside pocket Most people find wearing one while biking a hassle and keep it buried in their kitbag or daypack. Most hotels have safety deposit boxes.
Snacks and nutrition You will feel your best with plenty of good food and keeping hydrated. We provide the food and the water. The last two ingredients are wholesome snacks and vitamin tablets. Chocolate and chocolate bars are readily available in Kathmandu, but not outside town, so bring vitamin tablets and sports bars from home.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
How much is enough or too much? Pack for your personal needs. It is difficult for us to advise you of exact quantities (i.e. 2 shorts, 3 shirts, etc.), as everyone has different needs. However, our guests are usually amazed at how much they can do without and comment that they could have left some of their gear at home. Due to space limitations, please don’t pack the unnecessary items. Remember, you will have to pack it up every day and then unpack it. Valuables: Leave them at home! We recommend that you put essential items (wallet, credit cards, traveller’s checks) in small waterproof baggies (Ziplocs) and store them in the bottom of your personal bag with your clothing. Store exposed film and medications in small waterproof bags (Ziplocs) rolled in your clothing - then pack in your personal bag. You will want some cash (local currency) on you for emergencies or gratuities or extra snacks and drinks. Any medications you need during the day must be carried in your daypack or in a pocket so you have them with you when you need them.
What To Wear When…
We advise all our female clients to wear discreet clothing, covering their arms and their legs, at the very least to below the knee. Men should also be discreet in their dress and we advise against wearing shorts in public until we have started cycling. We don’t recommend getting around in your lycra unless you have something baggy over the top – wearing tight clothing and clothing that shows your shoulders and legs is not polite in Nepal.
What Is Available In Kathmandu
Most of all of this gear is available in Kathmandu, we now even have the originals of the major brands, even if they ARE selling last season’s gear (at great prices)! There are also some very good gear shops that sell good mountain products under their own brands at a much more reasonable price. You can ask your guide for tips on where to go for good gear if you want to pick it up in Kathmandu (doing this on arrival day is best). The items that are better brought from home are: socks, boots, thermals, gloves and Gore-tex clothing. Renting Equipment Easy to rent items in Kathmandu are down jackets and sleeping bags and day packs.
The cost of the trip is for lodging in a shared room. If you would like a private room please ask about the cost and availability
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal. Tourists are allowed a total of 150 days per year in Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s airport, be prepared for long queues.
If getting your visa on arrival you will need to provide one passport photo (just a small photo of yourself, no rules about how your tilt your head etc!) and the following fees in (US dollars are recommended) only:
1. US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days.
2. US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 da